We recently got to know an employee living 14 hours ahead of us. David Wang works at General Mills Taiwan. Given the distance and the time difference, we connected via email.
Here’s a glimpse of David’s role within the company:
What is your job title?
Wang: I am the Wanchai Ferry plant manager in Taiwan.
Describe your role.
Wang: I supervise production efficiency, quality consistency and take care of all employee safety matters.
There are 500 employees working at General Mills Taiwan. What is the community like?
Wang: We are a crowd of passionate people with good morale. People at General Mills Taiwan also are very open-minded.
What do you like best about your career at General Mills?
Wang: I have enjoyed learning to become a specialized manager, to learn the entire business operation here.
What is your favorite General Mills product and why?
Wang: Definitely Wanchai Ferry dumplings, because they’re produced from the plant I manage in Taiwan! Häagen-Dazs ice cream is another favorite product. I feel Häagen-Dazs is simply the best way to indulge myself.
When you are not working, where is your favorite place to escape to? Any hobbies?
Wang: When I’m not working, home is my favorite place to be, to spend time with my family. It is the most warming place in the world. However, I also enjoy going out to eat, going to the movies, shopping and traveling to resorts.
What personal achievement are you most proud of and why?
Wang: I have two kids in high school that I am very proud of. My son is not only a good student, but also skilled in astronomy and playing the trumpet. My daughter is skilled in drawing and watercolor painting. She won a competition at her school for her artwork.
Editor’s note: The Taiwanese government recently named General Mills Taiwan an “outstanding” firm for its accomplishments in sustainability and other categories.
Wanchai Ferry plant employees, led by Wang, brainstormed ways to increase energy efficiency and cut back on carbon emissions. As a result of their efforts, the plant reduced use of water by 25 percent, gas by 20 percent and electricity by 12 percent between fiscal 2010 and last year.